Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The 12 Days of CNY: An Introduction

I'll never forget the day that one of our staff called the office. He was out visiting orphanages and monitoring our Formula Project with another colleague, and had just arrived at a newer orphanage we had only recently begun working with. He called because there was a baby who needed help.

This is always how the story begins. There's a baby who needs our help. And sometimes, sometimes we can't say "yes" because we don't have a bed available. Often we have to slowly set down the phone, saying a desperate prayer for the little one that may not make it. The decisions that Grace and Karen, our directors, have to make every sing day can be gut-wrenching and painful. The need is too great, and we are only a small community of Chinese and foreigners working together to save them one at a time.

babies emma lael and William
In each of the hearts of the staff here at New Day Foster Home, there is a deep burden for the orphan. We've seen their faces, cradled them in our arms and cried tears of sadness and tears of joy as they've been through and overcome trial after trial.

So, for the next 12 days, we are going to do something very special, and something very big. Here's the goal: Raise $12,000 in 12 days for New Day's Acute Care Fund. Our Acute Care fund is what's used when Lydia needs to be admitted into the hospital with pneumonia, for when Ella's in PICU in respiratory distress and for while Alea was waiting for months in the hospital for a liver transplant. This fund is so critical for an optimum-functioning NDFH, and it's getting a little bit too low.

Each day for the next 12 days we will be featuring a child who has benefitted from the Acute Care Fund, or will benefit at some point, or just has a pretty amazing story that we want to share with you. We will have givaways, sponsored by some very special supporters to NDFH, and we will tell the stories of children who's lives were changed by New Day. You'll get to hear from the adoptive mama's of children like Cora, who's miracle made us gasp....

baby cora
...and Levi, who was adopted recently and brightened our lives with his fighter's spirit.

baby Levi

We're going to have a lot of fun and hopefully raise a lot of money that will help save a lot of lives.

Join us!

baby will

p.s. the little baby that our staff called about wasn't able to come to NDFH because we didn't have any empty beds, but we arranged for him to be transferred to another home where he could get the care he needed.

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